Top 5 PDF Editors — Online and Desktop


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We can safely say that the average person in 2016 handles lots of documents on a daily basis. Most of the times, that documentation comes in the form of a PDF, as it is the most secure format on the World Wide Web. It requires no physical resources to create a PDF document and, being so universal, it retains the original formatting regardless of the device or the platform it is being used on.

One big advantage of PDF files is that they cannot be edited or manipulated that easily. This is a good thing, having in consideration all the frauds that are happening worldwide. But can this be the PDFs biggest flaw at the same time?

Well, yes and no. As the PDF has risen to stardom so has the need to edit it. Nowadays, it is almost necessary to have a reliable PDF editor hanging around on every computer, since it can marginally speed up document productivity. PDF editors help you add and remove text, add images, make annotations and even convert files to other formats. However, in the endless sea of the Internet, the choices are tough and you can easily get tricked into believing you are really getting a quality product. For that reason alone, we’ve taken the time to search and find some of best PDF editors out there, both free and paid. Here is our list with some of the best tools for on-the-spot PDF editing:

PDF Buddy

With PDF Buddy you can edit your documents without having to install anything on your computer. It is an online tool to use if you like user-friendly interface that you can quickly get a grip on. Just upload your PDF using the drag & drop interface and wait for it to be rendered. Once that’s done, you’ll have a wide range of tools available that you can use to transform and edit text, highlight parts of the document or even insert signature. Most importantly, the tool is free to use.

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PDF Zorro

PDF Zorro is another neat tool that lets you edit and sign your PDF files online. With this simple app, you can easily manage all your PDF files no matter the size or the number of pages. You can upload PDFs from your computer and immediately start editing. It’s great for filling out forms, highlighting text and adding personal signatures to documents. And as its predecessor, it’s platform independent and completely free.

Able2Extract PDF Editor

Able2Extract is a desktop PDF editor that lets you perform complicated edits in just a couple of clicks. With this tool, you will be able to make fast and instant changes to your PDF files: add or remove text, merge PDFs, extract individual pages, resize, scale and many, many more. It is a premium tool for advanced users who also have the need to convert complex PDFs to other file formats. Fortunately, it offers a 7 day free trial which can be accessed from the link above.


Another in line of dependable online editors, PDF Pro is also good for all online work. Mind that it is a bit slower in work than its competitors, PDF Zorro and PDF Buddy, but in the end it does the job just as good. It works on the same principle: upload your file and you’re good to go. With PDF Pro you can edit text, merge, rotate pages, add watermarks and even convert to other file formats (although we haven’t tested the conversion feature).

Foxit PhantomPDF

PhantomPDF is a desktop PDF solution that has an integrated editing feature, especially suitable for professionally oriented users. Besides many other functionalities, PhantomPDF allows users to edit text, objects, links and basically slice and dice their PDF in any way imaginable. The tool is free to try (but not free to use) and comes with a 30 day free trial period, which should be enough to get your work done.

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There are tons of different PDF solutions out there, but with these tools, you will surely be prepared and ready when those document troubles come. Did we miss some of yours favourite tools? Let us know in the comments below.


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Mangi Tshikomba is a technology entrepreneur, Founder & CEO of Things Technologies and founding editor of He is a OYW Ambassador, Queens Young Leader and Brightest Young Minds Alumni. He holds BSc(Hon) Civil Engineering from Wits University, Jhb and Leadership Certificate from certificate from Cambridge University, UK. His interests are in Entrepreneurship, EdTech and Early Childhood Development (ECD).